Flashback Feud: Triple H And Goldberg

October 18, 2021
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The main event of Summerslam 2003 was an explosive Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Triple H, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, and Randy Orton. Triple H retained his championship thanks to the help of Evolution and a sledgehammer.

Summerslam

Rumors’ of the original main event set for Summerslam were meant to be Triple H against Goldberg. One on one for the World Heavyweight Championship, but The Game seriously hurt his groin the month before. This is why we only see Triple H in the match for roughly two minutes—receiving a Sweet Chin Music as he entered the match from his pod. But what if Triple H didn’t get injured?



It would have been brilliant if we saw Goldberg and Triple H have their one-on-one match at the second biggest show of the year. Booking the storyline, they could have squared off one-on-one. Triple H could still retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the same manner, thanks to Evolution’s interference. 

This would set up Goldberg looking for revenge and set up the main event for Unforgiven. The setup could have been slightly different where Triple H could say he didn’t need to defend his title again because he has already beaten him. Goldberg could beat Evolution each week to earn his shot, and Triple H could still say he wouldn’t.

This would anger Goldberg, and he could turn around and say that if he lost to Triple H this time, he would retire. This would make more of a mountain for Goldberg to climb in capturing the World Heavyweight Championship.

Goldberg Wins The Championship

At Unforgiven, Goldberg wins the World Heavyweight Championship, but Triple H and Evolution weren’t finished yet and looked revenge and wanted the championship back. While Triple H is still recovering from the groin injury plaguing him, he puts out a $100,000 bounty to take out Goldberg. Batista is the one who takes out Goldberg after others tried and failed. This leads to Goldberg against Triple H at Survivor Series.

This could have been billed as the rubber match in our storyline booking and could have had a stipulation. The match could have been a No Holds Barred match with no Evolution interference or both locked inside a steel cage so it would be settled between the two superstars. 

Goldberg would win at Survivor Series and retain the championship. The next night on Raw, he would end up facing Evolution in a handicap match. Kane would make the save to help Goldberg but would then deliver a choke-slam to Goldberg and declare he wants the championship for himself. This would lead to a triple threat match at Armageddon where Triple H would win back the heavyweight title and move on to his exciting feud with Shawn Michaels.

What if Triple H wins at Survivor Series instead of Armageddon? At the end-of-year event, Goldberg could go one on one with Kane. Triple H could start his feud with Shawn Michaels a few weeks earlier. 

The Goldberg, Triple H feud is hindered by Triple H’s serious groin injury. It’s a feud that would be remembered much more positively if we had a straight run of matches. Even though the Elimination Chamber at Summerslam is an excellent match built around Goldberg and Triple H, it makes us wonder how big the main event at Summerslam could have been with the right build.